One year ago this week, the BP/Macondo well experienced a major blowout, some 50 miles southeast of Port Eads, Louisiana, sinking the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon and killing 11 workers. For the entire summer we watched oil wash up on Gulf Coast beaches. I made a good handful of trips to the coast to photograph the mess; here are some of those images. There is also a feature at the Wonderful Machine blog about my experiences there as well as an oil spill gallery at my main website.
Visiting Grand Isle yesterday, we found that Grand Isle State Park's beaches are still closed, as well as Elmer's Island, and Fourchon Beach, where cleanup is still going on, picking up tar balls from the BP spill, as well as a more recent "minor" spill in Louisiana's West Bay (near Southwest Pass) which happened when a Houston oil company was trying to plug one of their wells.